Young or newly hired employees are getting injured more often than older, more experienced employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 workers from the ages of 16-24 had a higher risk of injury or illness than any other age group. These injuries are often the result of the many hazards that are present in their workplace. Some of these hazards can be slips, trips, and falls, overexertion, lacerations, contact with objects/equipment and burns.(more…)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace violence is a growing concern for both employers and employees. According to OSHA, there are about 2 million victims of workplace violence each year and workplace violence is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries behind transportation incidents and slip, trip and falls. These statistics report that there were also 39,750 non-fatal occupational injuries in 2017 due to violence in the workplace which led to a median 4 days away from work. The usual causes of these non-fatal injuries were from assaults, stabbings, shootings, strangulation and rapes.(more…)
Having a proper first aid kit with first aid supplies is crucial in the workplace to assist injured people before professional help can be given. This guide will help you prepare for emergent and non-emergent incidents that happen at your business. If you’re ever unsure of what to do to help an injured person, call for help. The wrong move can make things worse.(more…)
Slips, trips and falls account for an estimated 12-15% of workers compensation claims. In addition, these incidents cost employers’ tens of billions of dollars per year from regulatory fines, productivity losses, and other administrative expenses. Making sure that you have the correct safety equipment and protocols in place will save you from legal liabilities and costly fines. After all, the average slip in the workplace costs around $20,000 to pay out and $50,000 to defend the claim.(more…)
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year there are an estimated 19-21 million cases of norovirus disease, including 1.7-1.9 million outpatient visits, 400,000 emergency department visits, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations, and 570-800 deaths, which result in approximately $777 million in health-care costs.
It is important to protect your business from a foodborne illness outbreak. The costs of foodborne illness to a business are loss of customers and sales, negative media exposure, loss of reputation, staff missing work, staff retraining, lawsuits and legal fees, and increased insurance premiums.(more…)
The start of 2019 is still a few months away but the fiscal year 2019 for the federal government begins October 1. With that, the occupational safety and health association (OSHA) will wrap up fiscal year 2018 and will get to work on their 2019 goals. This makes now the perfect time for a quick OSHA update. (more…)
Many workers commonly use non-powered hand tools on a daily basis. Examples of non-powered hand tools include hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, chisels and more. The hazards involved with these tools may be overlooked, but the misuse of hand tools in work settings can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and cause injury. These injuries can be reduced by following these general safety tips. (more…)
Each year, nearly two million American workers report that they have been victims of some form of workplace violence, including robbery and assault crimes. This is according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are several factors that may increase the risk of violence for workers in a variety of occupations. These factors include: (more…)
Originally published March 14, 2018. Updated October 28, 2020.
Sexual harassment is illegal, yet it seems to be a growing issue as we hear more and more about it in the news. Still, most sexual harassment situations – 71 percent in 2015 – are not reported. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue affecting employee morale and job performance as well as the health and safety of those involved. It can even lead to lawsuits. (more…)
Let’s face it; working in construction is dangerous. In 2015, one in five worker fatalities occurred in construction. Is it any wonder why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted almost four times as many inspections and issued over twice as many penalties for the construction industry compared to the next closest industry classification? By the numbers, that’s 11,869 inspections, 29,777 citations and nearly $72 million in fines from October 2015 through September 2016. (more…)